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Job Summary 

The Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Core Facility at LJI is looking for a detail oriented Lab Technician to conduct NGS workflows. The successful candidate will deliver high quality data to internal and external researchers and perform duties in a reliable and reproducible manner. The NGS technician is responsible for processing multiple sample types for the complete NGS workflow, including RNA and DNA extraction, library preparation, and sequencing. 

Additional responsibilities include working with a core team of technicians in the operation and maintenance of equipment, including integrated robotics platforms. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be adaptable, and have the ability to multitask.

Main Responsibilities  
  • Nucleic acid extraction
  • Library preparation
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Maintain detailed daily records in electronic notebooks 

Preferred Skills
  • Nucleic acid extraction and purification
  • DNA and RNA library prep methods 
  • Quality control methods (BioAnalyzer, Qubit, Tapestation etc)
  • Experience with labware handling
  • Experience with Illumina, Qiagen, Agilent equipment desirable 
  • Working knowledge of PCR assays
  • Ability to write and validate assay protocols and ability to advise users on assay development   
  • Be willing to foster and maintain collaborative relationships within the Institute.
  • Be aware of and enthusiastic about incorporating future technology into current and future scientific projects and endeavors.
  • Use and maintenance of automated liquid handlers 

  • Skilled pipetting technique
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field preferred
  • 0-2 years experience in a biology laboratory

About La Jolla Institute for Immunology
In 2018, LJI was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego business Journal, and in 2013, the Best Place to Work in Academia worldwide (The Scientist). The Institute hosts 20 world-renowned faculty and over 200 postdoctoral researchers hailing from 30+ different countries. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and all that the area has to offer.